Directions: The following question requires you to construct a coherent essay that integrates your interpretation of Documents a-p



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Coming of the Civil War DBQ
Directions: The following question requires you to construct a coherent essay that integrates your interpretation of Documents A-P and your knowledge of the period referred to in the question. High scores will be earned only by essays that cite key pieces of evidence from the documents, and draw on outside knowledge of the period.

1. Why did the Southern States decide to leave the Union?

Or

2. To what extent was the secession of the Southern states the result of the breakdown in the legacy of compromise that began at the Constitutional convention?


 

  • The founding fathers (Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, Madison, Franklin) wanted to create a special republic and were willing to compromise to preserve the union.

 

1787-1830 Compromises:

20yr. moratorium on slavery

3/5 compromise

Missouri Compromise

 
1850-1860

Extremism-Northern Abolitionists

Slavery in the Territories

Compromise of 1850*

Fugitive Slave Act

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Kansas Nebraska Act

End of Whigs

Republican Party

Dredd Scott decision

 

*favored southern interests




1830-1850s Conflict over slavery will intensify with:

Abolitionism

Sectionalism

Nullification

States’ Rights

Expansion*



 

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